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Jackie Dale

by Jackie Dale



In my capacity as a TNR volunteer for The Cat House on the Kings, I spend a good deal of time performing the actual trapping etc. However, a lot of that time is also spent educating people on why we do what we do. We have to convince people that trap, neuter, and return is often the only available option. Then come the naysayers who make their outrageous, dubiously substantiated claims about how cats are single-handedly bringing about the downfall of society. This is despite scientific evidence to the contrary.

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by Jackie Dale



I am going to start this column with the story of my hero cat, Big Fat Mannie. I live in the country on one and a third fenced-in acres. Despite the fence, we get the occasional critter coming through. On this particular day, I was in the backyard, filling the water bucket and refilling the hummingbird feeder. I left the house and about an hour later received a text from my husband that Big Fat Mannie (he weighs 18 sturdy pounds) had saved his life by warning him about an imminent danger. Then he sent me a picture of a four foot long diamondback rattlesnake.

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by Jackie Dale




July has been a hot and busy month. As my Selma kitties have slowly returned, I noticed that they’re beginning to do some kind of construction on the adjacent vacant property. They are ripping out concrete and removing trees and brush. I’m worried that they will tear down the bushes where my cats live. I am already scouting out the area to the rear of the store. Should the bushes go, the cats would have to move.

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by Jackie Dale



My Selma colony continues to challenge and mystify me. I haven’t seen the original ginger mom cat or her older daughter at all since they all disappeared together. Her son, “Lil’ Boy,” has been around a couple of times. I see her children, the tortie mom whose kittens are tearing through my house like little tiny furry tornadoes. Much to my chagrin, her sister has shown up with two kittens that look very much like her sister’s three. I have been unable to catch the kittens thus far. Unlike the ones I captured earlier, these two are very wary of humans and will have to be trapped. And even more chagrin: there is a new cat there, a large classic tabby.

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by Jackie Dale



I would like to thank everyone who came out to our Spring Open House fundraiser on May 2. From near and far you came to help make this event tremendously successful. Through your continued support, you enable Lynea and The Cat House to continue to care for its many residents. Thanks to your generosity, The Cat House is able to step up when unfortunate circumstances occur.

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by Jackie Dale




Our Spring Open House Fundraiser is next weekend!! Please plan on coming by to support Lynea and all the kitties that depend on your generosity to fill their bowls with food. We are also inundated with kittens. They need to eat too! The raffle for the amazing Veggie Cats quilt is going a bit slower than usual. The tickets are only $1 and can be purchased at The Cat House office, the Petco adoption center in Fresno, or by phone at 559-638-0300. You can also buy tickets by mail, (7120 S. Kings River Rd. Parlier, CA 93648) but they must be purchased before May 2 and time is running out so choose the method that works best for you. See you there!!

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by Jackie Dale



March has roared in like the proverbial lion. First came the mountain dog rescue and I still have the two dogs I took in, had them both fixed and vaccinated through The Cat House and they are residing in one of my kennels. Everyday when they are let out for exercise, we work on improving their behavior. For Patsy, the mom, that includes learning not to jump up on people when she is excited. For little Pugsly, it is about how to walk on a leash. At first he really didn’t like it and thrashed around a lot.

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by Jackie Dale



The lack of a real winter here in the San Joaquin Valley has meant there was no winter “lull” this year. The kittens keep coming and, of course, some puppies, too. A Facebook plea, combined with a phone call to The Cat House, brought us volunteers to an apartment complex in Fresno. A feral mother cat was in distress, and during the attempts to trap her we discovered that the complex was overrun with (unfixed) cats. In our newsletter, due out next month, you can read all the details of the two mass spay days that Tammy Barker and her awesome crew of volunteers arranged and carried out. Ironically, the one mother cat we were originally called to the complex to help has eluded capture.

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by Jackie Dale



After taking a brief respite during the holidays, it is back to business as usual. I had barely put up the calendar for 2015 before I had a list of cats that needed to be trapped and fixed. At least I was fortunate enough to find a home for the mom and baby that I rescued a couple of months back. I was getting discouraged when on Christmas Eve a friend called and said her friend would take both mom and baby. I was really happy the sweet girls not only got a home, but they got to go together.

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by Jackie Dale



As another year comes to a close, I reflect back on the year and I am pleased. It has been a very productive year of TNR, (Trap-Neuter-Return), rescues, rehomings and lots of spays and neuters.

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by Jackie Dale



As Thanksgiving Day approaches, it is a good time to take pause and reflect on those things for which we are truly thankful. The Cat House on the Kings has a lot to be grateful for. We are grateful to have Lynea who has literally, dedicated her entire life to running The Cat House. We are grateful to have Tammy Barker who is second in command and does the job with true passion and astounding efficiency.

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by Jackie Dale



Okay people, next weekend is The Cat House on the Kings big Fall Festival Open House. I hope you all have marked your calendars, made sure you had the day off from work and are ready for some fun and lots of kitty lovin’! Remember to bring an admission donation: bleach, pine cleaner, paper towels, scoopable litter and/or of course, cat food. We use both canned food and dry food. Please note that we try to avoid dry cat food with brightly colored pieces of kibble. Something about the dye used to color the food messes with the urinary tract of the male cats. We look forward to seeing each and every one of you on November 1, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

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by Jackie Dale



For those of you who don’t already know, I also write the quarterly newsletter for The Cat House on the Kings. The fall issue is now out and I encourage you to read it. You can of course, go to our website and read it. However, if you sign up to receive the e-newsletter, we can deliver it directly to your in-box. We also send out print versions but we strongly encourage everyone to sign up for the e-newsletter as it saves us a bundle on postage.

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by Jackie Dale



Writers often worry about whether or not they will have enough material to write about. In the realm of animal rescue, that problem has yet to crop up. I think that unless something drastic is done, I will never be short of things to write about. I firmly believe that mandatory spay and neuter is the only answer to a problem that has spiraled wildly out of control. I really want to get a stack of our low-cost spay and neuter flyers and walk door-to-door handing them out here in Reedley. I am certain that most people in town are unaware that it is against the law in this town to allow an unaltered cat outdoors.

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by Jackie Dale




I was just relaxing in my chair for a few moments before heading out to teach my yoga class when I got a call from the packinghouse in Orange Cove where I had been conducting a TNR project. I was told that a kitten had been spotted lying under a tree. The woman who called me said she was told that the kitten had been in the same spot all day. Of course I went there immediately. As I approached the kitten lying motionless under the tree, I thought it was dead. Then it lifted its tiny head and meowed at me as if calling for help. I scooped up the poor thing at which point it began to cry piteously. I rushed it to my car and headed off to The Cat House on the Kings.

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by Jackie Dale



I was thrilled when my friend Melissa called to tell me that her adoption application at The Cat House had been approved. Melissa and her son, Jonathan, were anxious to find a purrfect kitty and arrived for their appointment promptly, carrier in hand. I was even happier when I found out they were in the market for an older kitty.

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by Jackie Dale



Our Spring Open House was blessed with wonderful weather and a fantastic turnout. Thanks to Tammy Barker and team of her relentlessly dedicated volunteers, the Cat House on the Kings made a very nice chunk of change and additionally, we received a ton of donated food and cleaning supplies. The silent auction brings in the bulk of the money and as always, the selection of items was amazing! There was some furious bidding when a trio of Coach purses were spotted, just sitting there, all nonchalant, on one of the last tables.

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by Jackie Dale



It is finally here! Next weekend is the Cat House on the Kings Spring Open House Fundraiser. Cat lovers from all over the U.S. and even Canada will converge on the 12-acre sanctuary on what promises to be a beautiful day. It will be a time for new friends to meet and for old friends to catch up. We truly hope that everyone will come out to support Lynea and the Cat House’s many residents. There will be lots of cats, kittens, and puppies looking for that “furever” home too.

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